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NSW gov launches jobs platform for int’l students

A new program has launched to help address shortages in the Australian labour market by connecting international students in New South Wales directly with employment opportunities.

More than 136,000 international students are actively studying in New South Wales. Photo: iStock

The function gives access to job opportunities across sectors including finance, construction, manufacturing and technology

The NSW government through Study NSW has partnered with leading employment marketplace SEEK to deliver ‘NSW Jobs Connect for International Students’.

The SEEK platform now includes the “#NSW Jobs Connect” filter, enabling international students to easily search for job opportunities posted by employers across a range of sectors including finance, construction, manufacturing and technology.

“More than 136,000 international students are actively studying in NSW, integrating into their local communities and investing in their futures, so it’s important that we support them during their studies and beyond,” said Alister Henskens, NSW minister for enterprise, investment and trade.

“This innovative program will help students identify suitable employment opportunities and link NSW employers to a robust, diverse and reliable source of talent, which will help grow the economy and secure a brighter future for NSW.”

Vicky Drakousis, chief human resources officer at insurance company Allianz Australia – an employer that is part of the program – said that the new function allows the business to tap into a whole new talent pool, while providing career opportunities for international students.

“We’re confident these students will bring insight and diverse thinking to Allianz,” she added.

“We’re confident these students will bring insight and diverse thinking to Allianz”

According to Kadi Taylor, head of government relations at SEEK, the pilot is a first of its kind.

“Many employers are unaware that international students have work rights during and post their studies, with many having the right to work for up to six years once their study is complete,” said Taylor.

“This program is about bringing students and employers together through our platform and at in-person events, creating opportunities, and equipping both sides with the knowledge and skills to thrive.”

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3 Responses to NSW gov launches jobs platform for int’l students

  1. This is really good to know that some initiative is been taken. However what baffles me that the selected industries don’t know that once we have completed our studies we jump on a 485 visa which does not have working restrictions.
    2nd of all they are not willing to invest in students who have just completed their studies because of lack of experience.
    3rd they are very picky and only want specific skills and not everyone would possess them.
    4th they do not want to tweek their hiring systems or processes to leverage certain skills.
    5th they are hesitant of contract work not sure why, even though it’s based on the employers terms.
    6th mental stress during an interview.
    7th how does ATS decide what a candidate is capable of.
    8th very important support. Lack of support and understanding a candidate is very low.
    9th rejection just because he is on a visa so the doors get shut immediately.
    10th hate myself for saying this “stereotype”

  2. Why even call them students? The international student industry is clearly all about providing a steady source of easily exploitable labour to keep wages down and rental vacancies low. Uncapped working hours – SIX YEARS OF POST STUDY WORKING RIGHTS! What an absolute sham of an industry. Education sector – ha!

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